Hudson Dominant in Diamondbacks Debut

Hudson Dominant in Diamondbacks Debut

Daniel Hudson, the best pitcheracquired by the Arizona Diamondbacks at the trade deadline, showed why he is such a highly-regarded prospect by dominating the new York Mets lineup in a 14-1 rout Sunday.

Right-hander Daniel Hudson made a statement in his Diamondbacks' debut Sunday.

Hudson gave up only one run and three hits in a 14-1 victory over the New York Mets, his first start since being acquired from the Chicago White Sox for right-hander Edwin Jackson on Friday.

Hudson used 110 pitches in eight innings, and he allowed only one hit after the Mets hit two one-out singles in the first inning, getting out that inning on a strikeout and a fly ball. He struck out four and walked one.

Hudson also helped himself with a two-run single to cap a five-run fifth inning for an 8-1 lead. It was his first professional hit, in his third pro plate appearance. Hudson had not batted since signing with the American League White Sox as the fifth pick of the 2008 draft.

"I might have been a little nervous. Nobody wants to do (badly) out there in their first start with a new team," said Hudson, who was 1-1 in three starts with the White Sox after being promoted from Class AAA Charlotte when right-hander Jake Peavy suffered a season-ending injury.

"He threw the ball well," interim manager Kirk Gibson said. "I know he was really nervous, and then we got some runs and he settled in."

Hudson, 23, showed good command of a fastball/changeup mix as the Mets got only one runner past second base. Center fielder Angel Pagan walked to open the fourth, took second on a wild pitch, then went to third on a fly to right field before scoring on a sacrifice fly.

"I was able to throw some changeups in hitters' counts, which maybe kept them off balance a little bit," Hudson said. "When you get that many runs scored for you, you realize you don't have to be perfect out there."

Pagan's run in the fourth cut the D-backs' lead to 4-1, before first baseman Adam LaRoche hit his second three-run homer in the fifth inning and Hudson finished the inning with his single.

"That's a cool experience," Hudson said of his first pro hit. "I was happy to get it out of the way."

DIAMONDBACKS 14, METS 1:1B Adam LaRoche hit a pair of three-run home runs and rookie RHP Daniel Hudson gave up one run as the D-backs took the rubber game of the series. LaRoche hit homers in the fourth and fifth innings to stake Hudson to a big lead, and Hudson helped himself with a two-run single in the fifth inning of his first start since being acquired from the Chicago White Sox for RHP Edwin Jackson on Friday. LaRoche set a career high for RBI in a game with six, and RF Justin Upton extended his hitting streak to 17 games, one short of his career high. The D-backs have won both series against the Mets this season.

SNAKE BYTES

--1B Adam LaRoche had a career-high six RBI with a pair of three-run homers in the fourth and fifth innings Sunday. He also doubled in the sixth, giving him 10 total bases in a span of three innings. "Good all-around game," said LaRoche. "It was good to get some runs up on the board." With 16 homers, LaRoche is on pace for his sixth straight 20-homer season. He has 70 RBI and is on pace for a career-high 98.

--OF Justin Upton is batting .403 during his hitting streak, which he extended to 17 games with singles in the fourth and fifth innings. Upton, followed both times by Adam LaRoche three-run homers, has nine doubles, nine walks, and 11 RBI during his streak, one short of his career best set last season.

--C John Hester, recalled from Class AAA Reno on Saturday to fill the roster spot of traded C Chris Snyder, hit his first homer of the season in a 12-pitch at-bat in the seventh inning Sunday. Hester also singled and walked twice in his first game since June 10, when he was returned to Class AAA Reno after C Miguel Montero was activated from the disabled list. He walked to load the bases before RHP Daniel Hudson's two-run single in the fifth.

--OF Cole Gillespie was optioned to Class AAA Reno on Sunday after new INF Bobby Crosby reported from Pittsburgh after the trade that sent C Chris Snyder and minor league SS Pedro Ciriaco to the Pirates for Crosby, RHP D.J. Carrasco, and OF Ryan Church on Saturday. Gillespie was hitting .221 with one homer and six RBI in 32 games and recently had lost playing time in left field to INF/OF Rusty Ryal. Church is scheduled to arrive Monday or Tuesday.

--RHP D.J. Carrasco, who replaced RHP Chad Qualls in the bullpen after Qualls was traded to Tampa Bay for a player to be named Saturday, was charged with a blown save in his first D-backs' appearance Saturday night. He gave up two runs in the seventh inning after entering to protect a 4-2 lead. The D-backs are second in the NL with 16 blown saves.

DIAMOND STAT: $20 million -- The approximate net payroll savings in 2011 after the trades of RHP Dan Haren, RHP Edwin Jackson, and C Chris Snyder before the July 31 non-waiver deadline.

QUOTABLE: "We are a last-place team and have been for two years. This is an opportunity for us to address our short- and long-term goals, which is to put a quality major league team on the field." -- Interim general manager Jerry Dipoto, after making his team younger and with better cash flow with four trades last week.

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